The Kid LAROI is a star on the rise! After his song “Without You” remix became a worldwide viral hit, he made his Saturday Night Live debut alongside music industry powerhouse Miley Cyrus.
At just 17 years old, the Australian crooner, born Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard, has already worked with the likes of Justin Bieber and the late rapper Juice WRLD — and has accrued more than a billion streams across all music platforms!
The stage name The Kid LAROI, is actually a reference to his indigenous heritage. His mother comes from the Aboriginal community, Kamilaroi. In order to fully pursue his dreams, the teenager left Australia, and set his sights on California.
If you’re on the app Tik Tok, you’ve likely heard The Kid LAROI’s voice. He first found success on the platform after name-checking TikTok’s second most followed user, Addison Rae, in an original song. Just days later she posted a video reacting to it, which racked up 10 million views, and saw thousands of others making their own videos singing along to the clip.
A few months ago, a clip from “Without You,” which touches on relationship problems, exploded on the app. It has been used in more than three million videos, and transcended social media to the charts, hitting the top 10 in more than a dozen countries.
The Kid LAROI now has nearly 29 million monthly listeners on Spotify. He’s also become somewhat of a Gen Z icon, thanks to his savvy social media use, and openness about previously taboo topics like mental health.